Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Marries His Partner

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg married his partner, Chasten Glezman, on Sunday at Cathedral of Saint James Episcopal Church in South Bend, Indiana. A momentous event for the LGBT community, the Democratic Mayor who had come out publicly as gay in 2015 in a republican stronghold shared his celebration with party-goers at the South Bend Gay Pride Week. Newlyweds Buttigieg and Glezman greeted the party crowds on the way to their wedding reception, riding in on a cherry red 1961 Studebaker Lark VIII, sporting rainbow-colored beads.┬áThe reception took place at art space called LangLab, where the couple first danced together. Local favorites such as tacos and sliders, regional cheese, artisanal chocolates, and beer and coffee all from the area were featured during the reception. The couple stayed close to home in more than one way, including having their favorite games entertain guests such as Skee-ball and claw machines. Wedding attendees included mayors of other cities, such as Austin, Cincinnati, and West Sacramento, along with a group of military officers, and David Axelrod and his wife. Axelrod, credited with helping President Obama reach office, holds high respects and expectations for Buttigieg: “Pete’s going to be a force in the Democratic Party,” whether as a President or in some other capacity. The mayor adored by many shows strength in his conviction to freely live a private life that is not always understood by others, while tending to a challenging political career that we can catch a glimpse of while he is still mayor of the 101,000-person city of South Bend, Indiana.